Sakya Kachod Choling is located on San Juan Island in Washington state and can only be accessed by plane or by boat (see options and resources below). We are approximately 8.7 miles from “downtown” Friday Harbor, and approximately eight miles from the airport. The airport is on the edge of town. Cabs are available at those locations.
Arrivals for Retreats: Driving instructions to the Center from the Ferry landing or Airport will be provided to retreatants as part of your registration packet.
Drop-in Visits: Drop-in visits at the center are welcomed after 2:30 pm on Sundays or at other times by special appointment. Please contact us to let us know you are coming and for exact driving directions to the Center from the Ferry landing or Airport.
Friday Harbor, San Juan Island
If you are driving to the island, you will be taking the ferry from Anacortes, WA, or Sidney, B.C. Detailed information on the ferry schedule will be included in your registration packet, along with directions for driving to the SKC gompa and please use the resources on this page for more. If you plan to come as a “walk on,” (no car) you will still need a ferry schedule and taxi information for the drive to SKC.
Travel to SKC from the Seattle Airport
You can fly to Seattle (SeaTac Airport) and then take a shuttle to Anacortes where you catch the ferry. There are two shuttle services for the drive from SeaTac airport to the Anacortes Ferry terminal: The Bellair Airporter Shuttle and Island Airporter. See links on the right for details.
Travel to SKC from Vancouver, BC
Take the Quick Shuttle from Vancouver to Bellingham Airport. From Bellingham Airport take Bellair Shuttle (see info on the right) to the Burlington stop. When contacting Bellair Shuttle be sure to let ticketing people know that you want to go to the Anacortes ferry terminal. There is an easy change of shuttles at the Burlington stop which they will explain to you. That is the shuttle that takes you to the Anacortes ferry terminal.
The ferry terminal in Friday Harbor.
Local Airline Servicing San Juan Island: Local flights to San Juan Island from SeaTac, call Kenmore Air 800-543-9595 or go to www.kenmoreair.com.
Bellair Airporter Shuttle: Round trip shuttles to Anacortes Ferry Terminal from SeaTac Airport. 1-866-235-5247 or go to www.airporter.com
Island Airporter Shuttle: For our local airport shuttle, call Island Airporter (John) at 360-378-7438, or go to www.islandairporter.com. Island Airporter is a once-a-day van service and does not operate on Sundays, but it is very convenient and includes your walk-on ferry ticket.
Ferry Transport from Anacortes , WA and Sidney, B.C.: Ferry times and ticket prices vary seasonally, check Washington State Ferries website or call WSF Information 206-464-6400 or 888-808-7997 for current information.
Whale Watch Boats: During the Spring and summer, it is also possible to take a whale watch boat from Pt. Townsend to Friday Harbor. www.pugetsoundexpress.com